We’ll always be proud of our D-Day veterans, says PM

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PRIME MINISTER David Cameron has paid tribute to Britain’s D-Day veterans, saying the country will “always be proud” of them.

Mr Cameron joined D-Day veterans on Second World War warship HMS Belfast yesterday at a ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings.

The ship, which is moored on the River Thames in London, led 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations with a formal ceremony attended by the five surviving veterans who served on board the ship.

They were joined by other D-Day veterans, including Chelsea Pensioners and members of the Normandy Veterans’ Association, as well as dignitaries including Mayor of London Boris Johnson.

Describing Operation Overlord – the codename for the Normandy Landings – as an “awe-inspiring feat of planning and human endeavour”, Mr Cameron said: “Seventy years on we look back on that day with awe, with pride and with gratitude.

“That day marked a turning point in the war, the dawn of liberty in Europe and yes, the beginning of the end of fascism.

“People don’t like to talk about good and evil very much anymore but that’s what this day was, a victory of good over evil.

“And every single person in this country should be truly proud of the part that Britain played.”